Success through Failure: The Paradox of Design

November 27, 2008

Success through Failure: The Paradox of Design

Author: Henry Petroski

Edition: First

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Pages: 256

Price: £11.50

ISBN 9780691136424

Petroski shows that making something better - by carefully anticipating and thus averting failure - is what invention and design are all about. He explores the nature of invention and the character of the inventor through an unprecedented range of both everyday and extraordinary examples: illustrated lectures, child-resistant packaging for drugs, national constitutions, medical devices, the world's tallest skyscrapers, long-span bridges and more.

Who is it for? Undergraduate and postgraduate students of civil engineering, architecture and other construction-related disciplines.

Presentation: User-friendly and logical with illustrations as appropriate; a very pleasant and informative read.

Would I recommend it? Yes, definitely, as complementary general reading for students on the aforementioned courses.

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